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CARDANI Riccardo
Sport Para snowboard, Para swimming
NPC Italy   
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Athlete, Business Owner
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He initially got involved in competitive Para swimming in 2015. In 2018 he approached the Italian Paralympic Winter Sports Federation [FISIP] and joined the national Para snowboard team. "From that moment [his accident] I have not stopped practising sports and this has helped me both physically and mentally."
Why this sport?
He practised sport before his accident. He was encouraged to try Para snowboard by Italian Para swimmer Giulia Ghiretti and kept up the sport. "What I like most about Para snowboard is the adrenaline and competing alongside athletes from all over the world. But what I do not like is that my bones hurt every once in a while." He was inspired to become a professional athlete after competing at the National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, People's Republic of China. "When I was first at the pool I saw the flags of all the countries and it was then I decided to become a professional athlete."
Club / Team
Polha Varese: Italy
Name of coach
Igor Confortin [national], ITA
General Interest
Riky (YouTube channel, 27 Dec 2020)
Music, motocross, cooking. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning his first World Cup medal in snowboard cross. (Comitato Paralimpico Italiano YouTube channel, 23 Feb 2022)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Michael Jordan. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No effort, no victory." (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Other sports
He has won Italian national titles in Para swimming. (, 01 Nov 2019;, 24 Nov 2018;, 10 Jul 2019)
He aspires to become a sports coach once his competitive career is over. (Il Giorno, 18 Feb 2022)
His right arm was paralysed after he was involved in a motorcycle accident at age 17. He also sustained two broken vertebrae, a head trauma, a broken collarbone and a right brachial plexus injury. "It has been a long journey of rehabilitation. I found myself alone with very strong pain, both physical and mental. but I had the strength to react, day after day. I started to swim then to get back on my bike and in the end to snowboard, what I have always loved and that I will always love." (, 01 Nov 2019; Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Other information
In 2018 he produced a short film named 'Infinity Tour' that premiered at the Space Cinema in Milan, Italy. He shot the film while on a hitchhiking trip in New Zealand, New Caledonia, Australia and Vietnam. "I combined two passions, that of travelling in unknown lands and that of movies. I wanted to share my experience, perhaps comparing myself with those who have lived similar adventures." (, 24 Nov 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
6 2021/2022 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired  
6 2021/2022 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
9 2021/2022 Snowboard Cross Team Event  
Paralympic Games - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
12 2022 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
10 2022 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:12.89